Shooting Challenge: 8 Fabulous Food Shots

Shooting Challenge: 8 Fabulous Food Shots

We love food almost as much as we love gadgets here at Gizmodo. Well, Danny does, anyway. We received eight submissions this week, and we’re posting them just in time for lunch. Who’s hungry?

Darren Hobbs

Canon 40D, 17-85 Canon lens, ISO 320, f5.6, 1/13th sec
I have recently joined a local camera club and the theme for an upcoming competition is “Red”, so I thought of trying an apple. I like low key portraiture so thought I would try that effect with the apple. I shot this in the pantry, with the door closed, and the camera on a tripod. The apple was lit using a torch and I had a piece of black mounting board behind the apple. I used a spray bottle for the water drops. I teach a bit of high school photography so I try to keep things as cheap as possible so students and others can see what’s possible with a bit of thought about lighting, without the expense of setting up a fancy studio. Post processing included colour balancing (the torch light gave a yellow glow), a bit of contrast, and high pass sharpening.

Raunak Prasad

Shot using a Nikon D3000 with a 50mm f/1.8 using natural light. Used the white plate to catch sunlight and give the shot a bright,punchy look and give a strong contrast to the red cupcake. Basically had a long stressing day and this cupcake was the only thing to improve my mood so I photographed it as a symbol of that cheerfulness that this cupcake bought with it’s sweet,rich flavours.

Shot Details

Camera: Nikon D3000
Lens: 50mm f/1.8D
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 400


Tamara Visvanathan

Taken with a Nikon D7000, ISO 800, 50mm, f/1.6, 1/250.

Depiction of a tiny teddy being ‘king’ hit by a bunch of jelly babies carrying ‘rods’.

Jelly baby brutality at its worst…


Michael Parente

I took this photo in the afternoon sun on Sunday, as an ode to one of the greatest foods of all time – toasted sandwiches. Of course, it looked even nicer once I started eating it, but then I was too busy eating to take photos 🙂

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 70mm
Exposure time: 1/80 sec.
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100


Edwin Tee

We had an afternoon tea to farewell a workmate and amongst all the delicious food were these adorable and colourful teacup… things.

Trish, who made these, said she used a sugar and water solution to bond the marshmallows, Freckles, musk Lifesavers and biscuits together. Too cute to eat, but there weren’t much left at the end.

Camera: Canon 550D with Sigma 50mm F/1.4 HSM
Settings: ISO 100, 1/100sec, 50mm, F/2.8

Nothing special technique-wise, these were placed near the window so the afternoon sun provided the lighting and I did some minor post-processing in Lightroom.

Jun Gil Park

I had bought a set of precision screwdrivers earlier in the day to fix my old point-and-shoot that had a stuck lens cover. Fortunately, I was able to fix it and celebrated by indulging in the soft and chewy goodness of raspberry licorice while I surfed the net. I came across the challenge and the idea for a photo came together – a celebratory photo of raspberry licorice! I took some scissors and cut up the licorice into different shapes and sizes to portray one of the most visually celebratory things I know – fireworks. I took apart a nearby standing lamp and placed my licorice-fireworks over the bulb so that one of the explosions matched up with the concentrated back-light. I didn’t have a tripod so I held the camera against a mic stand and used the timer setting to decrease movement and blurring. This was my resulting photo.

Camera model: Digimax i6 PMP, Samsung
F-stop: f/3.5
Exposure time: 1/10 sec
ISO speed: ISO-50
Focal length: 7mm
Max aperture: 3.625
Metering mode: Pattern
Flash mode: No flash
Light source: Flourescent


Daina Peet

I took this photo after one of my netball tournament, because i never go to tournaments without marshmellows! I stacked them in different ways and tried for height, but that did’t work.

The camera is a Canon DIGITAL IXUS 110 IS
The F-stop is f/2.8
The Exposure time is 1/20 sec.
The ISO Speed is ISO-640


Belinda Truong

I’m hopeless when it comes to using manual features, so I used an LX5 and food mode to capture this shot.

I had just come back from New York. Consequently I’d been hankering for burgers, hot dogs, buffalo wings and the like on most days in the last couple of weeks. Although this isn’t exactly NYC-style, the federation burger, onion rings and parmesan fries with truffle oil from Charlie & Co. were enough to satisfy my cravings for now.